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I have just built my first pc. all was going fine. i put in the xp cd and went to start. when it came to the license agreement part the F8 key wouldn't work on my keyboard so the only way out of it was my ESC and saying 'I don't agree'. No when i start the pc again i can't even get into the cd. it starts to run and then stops. The screen is just black with ' - ' on it. Any ideas??
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replace the cd. or just try to boot with another bootable cd to check exactly where is the problem, but i think is the bad cd.
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You may have a bad keyboard - try another.  The other symptoms indicate that something is malfunctioning in the hardware.  Try removing everything and just use the bare minimum to boot your system: cpu, video card, one stick of RAM, and motherboard.  As it boots normally, add devices one at a time: hard drive, optical drive, and then try installing the OS.

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mmmm black screen. did you install the standoffs (little gold screwlike thingamabobs) on the case portion before mounting your mobo?
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i would start by testing the basics, ram and disk, from the ubcd :  http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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ok i have used 3 dc's niw and bought a new keyboard (had to as other keys didn't seem to work on last one). Anyway it boots from cd. starts the xp installation but F8 will not work to agree with license agreement. same problem on all 3 cd's. i pro and 2 home. Any ideas?
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Do you have a writable hard disk to install to?
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finally got it working. just kept trying different keyboards and cd's and for some reason it worked. thanks
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